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Dr Chris Blackman, Department of Chemistry

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Internationalising the Curriculum: Rationale

In an increasingly global and competitive higher education marketplace, universities need to meet the needs of their international, multicultural student population to maintain their reputation and competitive edge.

The need to widen participation from under-represented sections of society and to increase the employability and skills of students are additional factors in the drive to internationalise the curriculum.

Learning strategies need to be developed and shared that recognise the importance of cultural differences and encourage full participation from all students, linking the academic, sociocultural, economic and political rationales behind internationalisation.

For example, a course that is designed to attract international students will be most effective if it is designed 'inclusively', providing accessible, beneficial learning for all learners - from home and overseas. Through inclusive, participatory approaches to learning, effective intercultural dialogue can be facilitated. In this way the academic and sociocultural development of each student is considered.

What policies are influencing reforms in internationalised learning and teaching?


To find out more about internationalising the curriculum at UCL, contact a CALT schools-facing teaching fellow.

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